Will the Chelsea manager continue his spectacular finals record in February?
Jose Mourinho’s incredible record in finals surely stands Chelsea in good stead after his Blues outfit defeated Liverpool 1-0 in the Capital One Cup semi-final 2nd leg.
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The Blues boss has won nine of the 11 major trophy finals he has contested throughout his time with Porto, Inter Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid.
Mourinho will surely be confident of achieving a tenth cup win with only Tottenham Hotspur or Sheffield United standing in his way.
We look at Mourinho’s impressive record in finals:
UEFA Cup 2003: Porto 3-2 Celtic (AET)
Porto twice lost their lead against a Martin O’Neil managed Celtic before Dmitri Alenichev scored a late winner.
Taca de Portugal 2003: Porto 1-0 UD Leiria
Just a month later and Mourinho had his second cup, this time domestic success, to back up his European triumph.
Brazilian forward Derlei scored the only goal of the game against the side he had left just one year prior.
Taca de Portugal 2004: Porto 1-2 Benfica (AET)
Derlei was the scorer again but Mourinho’s side relinquished the lead and succumbed to a Benfica winner in extra-time.
Champions League 2004: Porto 3-0 Monaco
Both sides were surprise finalists but Mourinho’s side brushed Monaco aside with relative ease and his first major European triumph was the catalyst that set him on his way to Chelsea and allowed him to developed into one of the world’s best coaches.
League Cup 2005: Chelsea 3-2 Liverpool (AET)
Mourinho’s first silverware at Stamford Bridge, though the match will probably be most remembered for the Steven Gerrard own-goal which allowed Chelsea back into the match before Mateja Kezman netted an extra time winner.
League Cup 2007: Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal
Arsenal may have taken the lead with Theo Walcott’s first goal for the Gunners but Chelsea let their experience show and Didier Drogba was his usual dominating self against Arsene Wenger’s side bagging a brace and another trophy for Jose in the process.
FA Cup 2007: Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United (AET)
Perhaps one of the Portuguese manager’s most fortunate trophies with Drogba scoring just minutes after Sir Alex Ferguson’s side appeared to have netted the opener only for it to be ruled out.
Coppa Italia 2010: Inter Milan 1-0 Roma
The first of Inter’s incredible treble of trophies with the prolific Diego Milito once again proving the difference with the only goal of the game.
Champions League 2010: Inter Milan 2-0 Bayern Munich
Another European Cup that paved the way for a move to a bigger club abroad.
Mourinho’s side were unperturbed by the attacking flair of Ribery and Robben and in typical style Mourinho’s men were incredible efficient taking their two chances when they presented themselves.
Copa del Rey 2011: Real Madrid 1-0 Barcelona (AET)
Mourinho was brought into Real with the express mission of ending Guardiola’s Barca dominance and he managed that in his very first season thanks to a Ronaldo goal in extra time.
But perhaps this win was more remembered for Sergio Ramos dropping the Copa del Rey trophy beneath the team bus during their victory parade.
Copa del Rey 2013: Real Madrid 1-2 Atletico Madrid
Mourinho’s nadir at Madrid, an extra time defeat coming at their hand of fierce rivals Atletico.
All seemed to be going so well after Cristiano Ronaldo put Real ahead after 14 minutes but the loss proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back and Mourinho left in the summer only to be welcomed back to Chelsea as a hero.